My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry
A Mystery/Thriller, 2016 by Penguin, 373 Pages
What I Didn’t Like:
- Strange pace in the beginning. You could easily lose track of the plot at first or wonder why this is classified as a mystery/thriller for a bit of the story.
- Unreliable narrator. I’ll come back to that in a second because it’s not actually one I have a problem with. I only mention it because I know other people are bothered by them. If you aren’t a fan of a narrator that you may not love, one you aren’t sure you can trust, or one that makes questionable life choices you may not love this one.
- All around terrible people, actually. A lot of the characters in this one are people you may not like. I’m not sure you’d truly trust any of them.
What I Did Like:
- Unreliable narrator. As promised, I’m coming back to it. At the end of the day, unreliable narrators are the ultimate in mystery/thriller, in my opinion. They’re a mystery I have to solve. How bad they are and how much I can trust them is the ultimate puzzle. So I’m a fan of that particular trope/tool and in this case, it worked.
- Repetition. This story uses a technique of bringing something up early and then popping it back in when it is revealed. It’s a powerful repetition that reminds me of the crescendo of music in a horror movie. You recognize it and it makes you get goosebumps.
- Solid mystery to unravel. There were pieces all over the place and lots of threads to bring together to get the full tapestry.
Who Should Read This One:
- If you are a fan of unreliable narrators and you like a good mystery, give this one a go!
My Rating: 4 Stars.
Well written mystery that keeps you guessing, for sure!